SLO County Stormwater Resources Plan

The San Luis Obispo County Stormwater Resource Plan (SWRP) project is being administered by Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) in partnership with a Project Management Team (PMT) comprised of representatives from Upper Salinas- Las Tablas RCD (USLTRCD), the County of San Luis Obispo, and the City of Arroyo Grande. This project is a coordinated and collaborative regional effort to develop a plan for stormwater management that is watershed-based and yields multiple benefits and complies with guiding principles of regulatory agencies. The State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) has adopted Stormwater Resource Plan Guidelines that provides baseline requirements for watershed-based Stormwater Resource Plans. In addition, Stormwater Resource Plans are required as a condition of receiving funding for stormwater and dry weather runoff capture projects funded partially or entirely with state funds.
Community involvement is essential in the development and acceptance of the SWRP. The PMT, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and team of consultants are conducting public meetings and outreach to community stakeholders, including local watershed groups, nonprofit organization, cities, and government agencies, and special districts to solicit community comments, feedback, and provide input on stormwater projects for San Luis Obispo County.
Stakeholders and interested members of the public are invited to become involved with the SWRP development by attending upcoming stakeholder meetings. The next meeting will be held at the SLO Library on Thursday June 7th from 9-11am.

To stay up to date on the progress of the SWRP, please visit the County’s Stormwater Resource Plan website.

 

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21st Cleanup A Success!

21st Street Clean-Up a Success

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The 21st Street Clean-Up, organized by our WSP volunteer Britta Dornfeld as a requirement for her program, was a success! The event was planned in conjunction with the City of Paso Robles. It occurred on April 29th, with thirty volunteers showing up and removing over 4 cubic yards of weeds from the Green Street medians on 21st Street in Paso Robles. Not only does the street look much better, it will also be able to capture more stormwater in the future, lessening flooding and keeping sediment and contaminants out of the Salinas River. This is especially important as the Salinas River is home to a population of the threatened steelhead trout, which need water low in sediment to breed.

Associated Traffic Safety and the California Conservation Corps provided safety vests for the event volunteers. Food and coffee were donated by Trader Joe’s in Templeton, Templeton Donuts Plus, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in Paso Robles and Kreuzberg Coffee in Paso Robles. This event would not have been as successful without these generous local businesses.

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State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture just announced the latest funding awards for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). The objective of SWEEP is to provide financial incentives for California agricultural operations to invest in water irrigation treatment and/or distribution systems that reduce water and energy use and increase water and energy efficiency.

To date, thirty three agricultural operations in the US-LT RCDs district boundaries have been awarded funding for projects that include

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